MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay on Monday likened ABS-CBN's franchise woes to the plight of jeepney drivers during the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, saying the sides of the two camps are not being considered by authorities.
"Bakit parang iisa ang guhit ng palad ng ABS-CBN at ng mga traditional jeepney?" Binay said in a tweet during Monday's hearing in the House of Representatives on ABS-CBN's franchise.
(Why does it seem like the fate of ABS-CBN and traditional jeepneys are quite similar?)
"Kunyari sinasama, pero di sinasali. Naririnig pero di pinakikinggan. Nakikita pero di tinitingnan," she said.
(It appears that they are being included, but they are not allowed to actually join. They are being heard, but not being listened to. They are being seen, but not really.)
Binay has been urging the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and other government agencies to allow jeepneys to resume operations, provided that safety measures would be in place, saying drivers need to regain their source of income during the COVID-19 crisis.
Binay has expressed support for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, saying the continued operation of the Philippines' largest broadcasting network is crucial to Filipinos' freedom and access to information.
Binay's father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, earlier said that ABS-CBN's shutdown was a "creeping erosion of civil liberties."